San Diego Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Check List in San Diego

A whole home clean up is an easy first step if you’re thinking about remodeling. Cleaning up clears your mind,  especially true when it comes to thinking about the space you’re cleaning

By decluttering, and dusting every nook and cranny, you’ll get a new perspective on your home. It will be easier to see what you like, what you might want to change, and what needs immediate attention.

Cleaning your entire home can seem like the chore of all chores, but by breaking it down room-by-room, item-by-item, it all becomes much easier.

Living Room

As the name implies, a living room gets lived in. You’re dealing with the ware and tear that comes with high foot traffic as well as dirt, dust, and crumbs in places you’d never expect.

Carpets

Spot clean and shampoo your carpets. Special rugs and carpets that don’t have a waterproof backing require professional care.

Curtains and Blinds

Vacuum and or wash your curtains. Dust your blinds.

Couches and Furniture

Remove and vacuum the cushions. Vacuum every nook, cranny, and crumb-filled crease.

Be sure to vacuum under everything too.

Condition your leather furniture and polish your wood furniture.

Electronics

You might not think about dusting your TV and the area around it; but electronics can be dust magnets, literally.  

Shelves

Take everything off them first, vacuum, then wipe them down. Try to put things back a little more organized than they were before.

Floors, Ceilings, and Windows

It might seem like an overwhelming task, but your house will feel totally refreshed after you’ve cleaned its largest surfaces.

Floors

Cleaning floors can be tricky. Methods vary depending on the material. What works for one type of floor can destroy another. When in doubt, check with your contractor.

Walls

Dust and wipe your walls. Clean your picture frames and the spaces behind them. Pay close attention to corners.

Ceilings

Like your floors, the way you clean your ceiling and moldings depends on the material. Ceilings don’t get walked on or spilled on (usually), but they still need cleaning–especially if you smoke.  

Windows & Screens

Avoid streaks by cleaning your windows on a cloudy day. Streaks happen when the cleaner dries before you wipe it off. This is the perfect job when the “May grey” settles in along the coast.

Remove your screens and scrub them using a brush, warm water, and liquid dish soap.

Clean your window sills and window tracks, checking for mold and mildew. These areas tend to get damp and even rusty at the beach.  

Open your windows to air everything out while you clean.

Ceiling fans

Dust your fan blades and wipe them down with a damp cloth.

Lightbulbs.

Yes, you need to clean your lightbulbs. A dirty bulb puts out 20% less light than a clean one.

HVACs and AC

Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or replacing filters.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms usually get cleaned more than any room in the house. Spring cleaning is a time to go deeper and take care of issues like mineral buildup and grimy grout.

This is a good time to clean that nasty toothbrush holder!

Tiles

Use a basic all-purpose bathroom cleaner or specialty grout cleaner to get your tiles and grout sparkling. This can brighten up the bathroom and prevent mold and mildew issues.

Check for any spots that need to be-resealed.

Drains

It’s super gross, but it must be done. Remove the drain cover in your shower and pull out that scummy, hairy mess that’s been building up since the last time you were brave enough to clean it.

If you’re dealing with a clog, have a look at these tips before you call a plumber.   

Toilets

Hopefully, you clean your toilet more than once a year… But spring cleaning is a good excuse to give it a serious cleaning, getting all those hard to reach spots like behind the bowl.

Showers and Tubs

Spray your tub down with an all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing it off. Scrub away any stains.

Faucets and Fixtures

Dissolve calcium buildup using vinegar or diluted calcium remover. Be sure to wear gloves when you do this.

Clean a faucet like your teeth. Scrub away grime with a toothbrush and baking soda. Use dental floss to clean the small cracks between the fittings.

The Kitchen

Like the bathroom, your kitchen gets cleaned frequently. Spring cleaning is a chance to go deeper and clean everything.

The Fridge

Defrost your freezer and clean the inside of your fridge with a sponge dipped in a baking soda solution. Clean the rubber door gasket. A clean fridge runs more efficiently and can save you around $100 a year in electricity costs.

The Dishwasher

Check your dishwasher’s drain for anything that might clog it. Follow these steps to clean it with baking soda and vinegar.   

Other Appliances

Microwaves are as easy to clean as they are to cook with. Put a cup of lemon water in the microwave on high for three minutes, let it sit with the door closed for five minutes, then wipe the walls and tray with the sponge.

Empty your toaster’s crumb catcher.

Countertops

These need a good scrubbing. Kitchn claims to have “the best way to clean any countertop.”

Cabinets

Like all your shelves and drawers, empty your cabinets, vacuum, then wipe them down. Polish wood cabinets.

Stovetop and Stainless steel

Remove the grill and burner covers and give them a good scrubbing in the sink. Good Housekeeping recommends cleaning stainless steel with dish soap and hot water or a specialty cleaner. You can use mineral oil to remove fingerprints.  

Run your oven’s self-cleaning function. This can get smelly, so leave it for last, and open some windows.

Garbage and Recycling Bins

Wash out your garbage bins outdoors if you can. Disinfect them after.

The Sink

After you’ve cleaned everything else and made a mess of your sink, clean the sink itself with hot soapy water and an all-purpose cleaner for stains.

Laundry Room

AKA dust bunny paradise…

Washing machine

Like the dishwasher, it’s easy to think of your washing machine as self-cleaning, but it does need special attention from time to time.  Baking soda and vinegar will do the trick.

Dryer

Lint is a fire hazard that can affect your dryer’s performance. You empty the lint trap regularly, but now it’s time to vacuum out the lint trap housing and clean the ducts.

Clean and disinfect the dryer using bleach.

Bedrooms

You’ll sleep better in a clean room, and the random dust and dirt you uncover will motivate you to keep it clean.

Mattresses

Vacuum all the crevices of your mattress. Rotate or flip it, depending on the type of mattress.

Bedding

Wash your bedding, including the mattress pad.

Closets

Start by taking everything out. Make three piles: Keep, trash, and donate. Vacuum the empty closet.

Backyard and Outdoor Areas

Get some fresh air and clean outside.

Outdoor Furniture

The furniture itself can mostly be cleaned with a hose, some soap, and a brush. Vinyl cushions need to be scrubbed with a microfiber cloth and dish soap. Follow the directions of the tags to clean machine washable cushions.

The Grill

This is an area where seasonal cleaning doesn’t apply to San Diegans. Grilling is a year-round

activity here. However, since you’re cleaning everything else and even nicer weather is just

around the corner, this might be a good time to give your grill a thorough cleaning and check that everything is working properly.

Matts

Thump away the dust, hose them down, and scrub them with soapy water.

Study or Home Office

Believe it or not, your desk is one of the filthiest places in your home. Giving it a thorough cleaning can improve your health as well as your productivity.

Keyboards and Electronics

Use computer duster and screen wipes to clean your computer. The average keyboard carries more germs than a toilet seat! On top of that, dirt and crime can slow your computer’s performance and cause it to overheat.

Desk

Desks are another host of dirt and bacteria. Wipe yours down. Keep it tidy all year by following this lazy person’s guide to cleaning your desk.  

Drawers

Take a similar approach to cleaning your closets. Empty the drawers and vacuum them out. Before you put everything back, sort through it and decide what to throw away, what to keep, and where to put everything.

Miscellaneous

From wildfire safety to the philosophy of decluttering, here are a few more spring cleaning tips and tricks.

Do a Fire Safety Check

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries. Check the dates on your fire extinguishers and replace them as needed.

Protect your home from wildfires by creating a “100’defensible space” around it. Clear leaves, brush, and anything flammable within 100’ of the house.

For more on fire safety and general preparedness check out ReadySanDiego.org.

Clean your Cleaning Supplies

Brooms can collect dust bunnies and end up spreading them around. Clean it with a bucket of warm, soapy water.

Empty your vacuum cleaner’s bag and clean or replace the filter. Check that the brush is free of dust bunnies and pet hair.

Have a System

It’s possible to get all your spring cleaning done in a single day! Check out House Beautiful’s guide to cleaning your entire house in one day. Oprah has a similar guide that gives you a schedule of cleaning tasks by the hour.

Explore Minimalism and Decluttering

There’s a worldwide trend going on towards minimalism, decluttering, and owning less. You can learn more from the Netflix documentary Minimalism: a documentary about the important things.

For More decluttering inspiration, read Marie Kondō’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Both the minimalists and Marie Kondō talk about the ways in which organizing your living space can make you happier in general.

Use Lists

Lists like ours can help you take an organized approach to spring cleaning and help keep your momentum going once you start. While you’re at it, jot down things you notice that need fixing and any ideas you have for improvements. If you are worried about doing any of these projects on your own consider hiring a local handyman service, like Kaminskiy’s Care and Repair. 

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Happy cleaning! Have fun!